Article from section published on December 16, 2013
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Take two middle-aged men, invite them to a charity evening; provide them with a good meal, add a little wine and what happens? One suggests: ‘Let’s go to Everest Base Camp!’. The other agrees: ‘That’s always been on my bucket list. While we’re at it let’s raise some money for the Children’s Fund’. And that’s how many adventures begin. In this case five individuals finding themselves in Nepal immediately after the monsoon season had ended.
Nick Dutt, whose son James is currently the Navigation Officer onboard HMS QUORN and Dave Bridger, the Engineer Officer’s Branch Secretary and long-time trustee of the RNRM Children’s Fund, managed to persuade three friends to join them for a ‘little walk’ in the Himalayas. With a combined age of 285 years and with the three friends having no long-distance and only limited mountain walking experience, the intrepid explorers arrived at Lukla Airport (sometimes known as the World’s most dangerous airport: take a look on the Internet). After eight days of walking, two of which were classified as ‘rest / acclimatisation’ days, this unlikely team arrived at Everest Base Camp. In doing so, they have, to date raised just over £5,000 for the only Service Charity that is specifically dedicated to assisting Service children in need, hardship or distress.
Last year the RN & RM Children’s Fund helped over 1900 naval children, spending just under £1.4M in the process. Grants were given for a variety of reasons. In some cases children with specific needs required specialist help or equipment; in others families (serving or ex-Service) required assistance with child or respite care. In many of the cases that the charity supports a little help is all that is required, but the overall effect on the family is considerable.
Sadly, the cases seen by the RN & RM Children’s Fund continues to grow and funds are always required. Should you wish to donate to the Everest Base Camp Trek then please visit www.justgiving.com/DaveB-EBC or text RNRM58 followed by the amount (ie RNRM58 10 for a £10 donation) to 70070. Further information about the charity, frequently abbreviated to RNRMCF, can be found at http://rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk
Kings Camps combine the best elements of sports and holiday clubs to provide fun and exciting adventure for young people and peace of mind for parents.
Available to the children (aged 5-17 years) of all naval personnel, camps will be running at HMS Temeraire, 29 July to 02 August and at HMS Collingwood, 05 to 09 August.
The price per child per week is just £50 for Junior Rates and £70 for Officers / Senior Rates. (This price is reduced from £162 per child thanks to the generous support of the RNRMC, RNRMCF and the Annington Trust.
For more information and detaikls of how to book your place, click on the leaflet below.
Monday 24th June saw the start of Seafarers Awareness Week and the finals of our Children’s Art Competition 2013. Seafarers Awareness Week is an annual event to promote the essential work done by seafarers to keep our island nation supplied with fuel, food and goods. We chose the theme of Fish for Tea this year to highlight the work still done today by our Royal Navy in helping to bring food to our table. Our theme was endorsed by Jamie Oliver this year who said:
“The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund art competition is a brilliant way to inspire kids to get into art and learn about beautiful, fresh fish, where it comes from and why it’s so good for them – it’s a brilliant competition and I’m excited to see the winning pictures.” Jamie Oliver
A prize-giving and tea party was held at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth for our finalists – many of whom had come from all over Portsmouth and Hampshire and indeed beyond. Sadly some of our entries came from so far away they were unable to attend. We had entries from Kent, Glasgow, Humberside, the Isle of Islay and even Sri Lanka and Macedonia!
After the difficult task of shortlisting from the hundreds of entries received our judges then had the almost impossible task of choosing the winners. After much deliberation and discussion and a few disagreements they finally managed to make a decision and Prize Giving could begin. Our thanks go to our wonderful judges – Dan Gover and Hannah Green from Jamie’s Italian in Portsmouth represented Jamie Oliver, Major Phil Packer MBE who is one of our Champions and has his own charity BRIT (The British Inspiration Trust) which supports disadvantaged children and links with many other children’s charities including the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund, Lt Commander Alexandra Sard MBE representing Seafarers UK and Philippa Gogarty, director of Micro-Scooters UK who have supported our Art Competition for the past three years providing their wonderful scooters as our first prizes in each category.
The theme of the competition was ‘Fish for Tea’ and there were three age categories. The winners and shortlisted finalists were:
Under 6 yrs of age
1st Prize Keira Beardsworth ‘ A Royal Tea Party’
2nd Prize William Downing ‘Catch of the day’
3rd Prize Roxy Jones-Whale ‘Fishy surprise dinner’
Highly commended Ava Griggs ‘Fishfingers’
Flora Clifton ‘Prawns for tea’
Senuda Dissanayake ‘Dinner is ready’
Roshan Gurjar ‘ Fish for tea?’
Daisy Meadows ‘Fish for tea’
Lydia Witcomb ‘Fishy Friday!’
7-11 yrs of age
1st Prize Rory Holm ‘A Fishy Tale’
2nd Prize Isobel Griggs ‘Feed all about it’
3rd Prize Erin Nocetti ‘Fish for tea’
Highly commended Joseph Hamilton ‘Fish for tea’
Lennieka James ‘Having my dinner before you have me’
Alice Richardson ‘Fish for tea’
Imogen van Herck ‘Fish for tea’
Alexander Davidson ‘Fishy in a dishy’
Phoebe Page ‘Fish for tea’
Kate Surawy ‘Fish for tea’
Ellie Shirley ‘Fish for tea’
12-16 yrs of age
1st Prize Hugo Steel ‘The Big Catch!’
2nd Prize James Bristowe ‘Rainbows on a plate’
3rd Prize Annabel Paneach ‘Fresh Mussels’
Highly Commended Lucy Sheppard ‘The Big Catch’
Mollie Beardsworth ‘Catch of the day’
Charlie Burton ‘Fish pie’
Helen Clifton ‘How the fish gets to tea’
Daniel Fryer ‘Fish for tea’
Sophie Guymer-Parker ‘Diving’
Freya Ingram ‘Bon Appetite!’
Lauren Jones ‘Sustainability’
Sara Konin ‘Fish for tea’
Jasmine Lennox ‘Fish for tea’
Cheteya Liyanage ‘Oh! What a cup of tea….on a sunny day’
Lucy Milne ‘Under the sea’
Dhylan Patel ‘Fish for tea’
Catherine Thompson ‘Not much left
Jacob Topliss ‘Fish dinner’
Joseph Westlake ‘Fish for tea’
Emma Williams ‘Fish in a teacup’